St Michael'sChurch of England Primary School

Sandhurst, Berkshire

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Year 1

Year 1

Year 1 Staff

Class Teacher: Mrs Kay Fawkes 

Support Staff: Miss Harley, Miss Crew, Mrs McComish, Mr Louis (PE)

Welcome to Year 1 2022-2023!

This year in Year 1:

What to bring to school:  Water bottle, reading folder (with reading book, reading record and home learning book), named uniform!

English: This term, we will be learning the alphabet and ensuring we know both the lower case and capital letters for each letter. We can then use this knowledge to write in grammatically correct sentences using capital letters and full stops. We will build on the knowledge learnt in Ducklings to write stories. 

Phonics:  The children will continue to learn all the graphemes (groups of letters that make sounds, phonemes) to help them to read, write and to pass the phonics screening at the end of Year 1. 

Reading: We will listen to the children read at least twice a week in school as well as introducing them to a wide variety of different stories. We ask that they read to you at least 5 times a week to build upon their decoding strategies and comprehensions. Research shows that the better readers make better writers! In class, we have our reading award scheme, where children receive certificates when they have read a certain number of times. 

Maths: This term we will be concentrating on sorting, counting and addition and subtraction. The children will be talking about solving problems and using what they know to tell us how they found an answer.

Topic: Our geography topic this term will be 'What a wonderful world!' We will be learning about Sandhurst and the UK. We will start to learn geographical terms that will be used during their time in St. Michael's.

WOW! We will also be attending a WOW trip in September and this will be followed by a couple of weeks work and an open day.  

Home learning: Home work will alternate weekly between a maths activity and a writing activity. It will be found in their Home Learning books that need to be kept in their reading folders. Home Learning will be set every Wednesday. Additionally, we will set a task on Ed Shed in line with the phonics they are learning in class, expect them to read to an adult at home at least 5 times a week and practise spellings. Each child will have a spelling teddy in their home learning book, they will be tested in class and will receive their new teddy when they have spelt all the words correctly. 

Woods visits: Friday 16th September, Friday 14th October. Children need to come in a PE kit suitable for a woods visit. They need to bring their school uniform to change into. Please pack extra socks and footwear! We will still go to the woods in the rain. Please let one of the class staff know if you want to come with us. 

PE days: Wednesday and Thursday: children come in their PE kits, no earrings to be worn.